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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling for sanctions against Lebanese officials stemming from that country’s arrest and continued detention of a Dover resident. 

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up dredging projects for two Seacoast harbors in the coming year.

Shaheen pushed last year for the Corps to dredge Hampton Harbor. That project was recently completed.

Now, she says dredging is overdue for Rye Harbor and the Piscataqua River, home to the Port of New Hampshire in Portsmouth.

Governor Chris Sununu has joined bipartisan calls for Congress to permanently fund a key federal land and water conservation program.

The decades-old Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, has provided nearly $40 million in grants for hundreds of New Hampshire's state parks, heritage sites and other outdoor preservation projects.

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New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen called last night's US air strike that killed Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani a "significant escalation."

She said the US needs a strategic plan in place that prepares for any potential response from Iran, and that the plan needs to be clear.

“Mixed messages lead to the potential for miscalculations that can lead to further escalation and war,” she says. “That is not what we want to see here."

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Congress is expected to vote on a government spending bill this week that would allow money earmarked for opioid use disorder to be used to treat other addictions. The provision, authored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, comes in response to concerns that federal money coming into New Hampshire was too narrowly tailored to the opioid crisis.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is sponsoring a bipartisan bill to restore tax-exempt status to water infrastructure projects, citing unexpected tax hikes in southern New Hampshire and across the country after the Republican-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is the lead author on a letter to the United Nations in support of the Paris climate accords. The UN's climate change convention is currently meeting in Spain to discuss that agreement.

In their letter, Shaheen and 28 other senators say they support and are working on a U.S. government response to climate change, even "in a moment where the commitment of the United States to address climate change seems threadbare."

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A major defense spending package will not include two key regulations for toxic PFAS chemicals – which have polluted water across New Hampshire.

The National Defense Authorization Act, set for final votes this week, does carry other provisions that New Hampshire's congressional delegation supported, including a plan to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal employees.

The spending plan also says the military must phase out use of PFAS-based firefighting foam, which has contaminated drinking water at hundreds of sites including the former Pease Air Force Base.

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Police in New Hampshire are calling for more resources to support officers who are struggling with mental health issues.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., heard from law enforcement officials and mental health advocates during a roundtable Tuesday at the Nashua Police Department.

Many police departments across the state, Nashua and Manchester included, have peer support programs for employees struggling with mental health.

But Shaheen says we need more research and support for these kinds of efforts.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be in Portsmouth Friday to talk about an upcoming federal health study on the effects of PFAS chemicals.

The Centers for Disease Control are piloting their first national PFAS study on people who were exposed to the compounds at Pease International Tradeport.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says President Donald Trump's decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria will undo all the hard fought gains of the U.S. military and its partners in the region.

Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, said in a statement Monday the decision hasn't been coordinated with U.S military or diplomats in the region. She said Trump "is opening the door for a security vacuum that risks a resurgence of ISIS."


Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she will prioritize the needs of patients over the concerns of private equity firms.

Her remarks come in the wake of reporting by the New York Times that revealed a $28 million advertising campaign raising concerns about proposed legislation aimed at curbing "surprise medical bills" is being funded by companies that benefit from the practice. 

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A group of senators has a plan to reduce insulin prices with legislation intended to hold pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies more accountable.

The proposal's called the Insulin Price Reduction Act and its sponsors say it would incentivize reductions in list prices. The senators say the plan would create a new pricing model that would benefit both Medicare and private insurance users.

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Testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in front of Congress on Wednesday elicited strong reactions across the aisle this week.

New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about her thoughts on the hearings.

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Former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien is running for U.S. Senate.

He’ll face off with at least one other Republican candidate, retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, hoping to unseat Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2020.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen has unveiled a new bill that would spend more than $63 billion over the next 10 years to combat substance use disorder nationwide.

The bill would provide a significant boost to the State Opioid Response treatment grants that states receive from the federal government. 

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Retired Brigadier General Don Bolduc is running for U.S. Senate.

Bolduc is the first Republican to challenge incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in her bid for a third term.

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Students and administrators say e-cigarettes are becoming more popular and harder to control in New Hampshire.

E-cigarettes - which look like flash drives or pens - produce a flavored vapor with nicotine. Manufacturers say they help adults quit smoking, but with flavors like cotton candy and lagging regulations on products, many say vaping has become an epidemic among teens.

Speaking with Senator Jeanne Shaheen at Epping High School on Tuesday, freshman Dylan Comeau suggested the original intent of vaping had changed.

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As the United States prepares for another round of peace talks with the Taliban, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says Afghan women are prepared to play a larger role.

Shaheen, who is visiting both Iraq and Afghanistan this week as part of a congressional delegation, told reporters Monday that she met with a number of women leaders during stops in Kabul and Kandahar Province, and that she’s advocating for an “inclusive process” when talks resume later this week in Qatar.

The Taliban says its delegation, for the first time, will include women.

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New Hampshire's U.S. Senators want toxic PFAS chemicals to be officially designated as hazardous substances at Superfund sites.

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are backing a bill in Congress that says sites with PFAS contamination should qualify for federally managed Superfund cleanup.


The U.S. Senate confirmed a new Environmental Protection Agency administrator Thursday, with New Hampshire’s two senators among those voting “no.”

Andrew Wheeler will become permanent EPA administrator. He filled the post after former administrator Scott Pruitt resigned last July.

Shaheen: Mueller's Report Needs To Be Made Public

Feb 26, 2019

Speculation has been  growing that special counsel Robert Mueller may soon submit his final report to the U.S. Justice Department after nearly two years of investigating whether the Trump campaign aided Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. President Donald Trump has denied any “collusion.”

Speaking on The Exchange, Shaheen said, “I think it’s very important for the people of this country to see what’s in this report.”

A Conversation With Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Feb 24, 2019
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The United States Senate is closely divided in favor of the GOP, but Democrats aren’t sitting silently on the sidelines. Among those Democrats is Senator Jeanne Shaheen. She recently announced she’ll run for a third term in 2020. We talk about the impending conclusion of the Mueller investigation, President Trump's recent national emergency declaration, as well as her take on Trump's upcoming second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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On Monday, February 25, we interview Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Senator Jeanne Shaheen serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Appropriations, Armed Services, and Small Business Committees. Submit your questions, and tune in live at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

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All four members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation signed a letter to President Trump Tuesday opposing his plan to divert funding for a border wall.

In the letter the delegation says taking money from the Department of Defense to pay for a border wall could hurt two projects in and around the Granite State.

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President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about her thought on the speech.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

Senator, what was your biggest takeaway after hearing the speech last night?


New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says the Trump administration must carefully consider how it would prevent an arms race in the absence of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and whether that includes negotiating a new treaty with China.

Shaheen, a Democrat and member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, said Friday if the United States is to withdraw, "there must be a plan in place to prevent proliferation."

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The Environmental Protection Agency will reportedly not issue hard limits on two likely toxic industrial chemicals that have contaminated parts of New Hampshire.

The report from Politico is drawing criticism from advocates and lawmakers.

The EPA is still finalizing its national management plan for PFAS chemicals, which was due at the end of last year.

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Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she will run for a third term next year.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Shaheen told WMUR-TV her first priority will be making sure a government shutdown doesn't happen again. She also said she'll focus on jobs, health care, access to affordable prescription drugs and ending the opioid crisis.

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The Trump administration in December decided it’s time to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

But New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is speaking out against the withdrawal. She’s working with Diane Foley, the mother of journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in 2014.

Shaheen and Foley penned and op-ed for the Washington Post arguing the withdrawal risks a resurgence in Islamic State violence around the globe, and Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the Senator by phone about that article.